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Airbus launches Airspace cabin concept for next generation aircraft

Airbus launches Airspace cabin concept for next generation aircraft

Airbus has launched its new Cabin brand “Airspace by Airbus”. At the heart of this new philosophy Airbus connects the wellbeing for passengers with the operational performance for its airline customers. Representing the best of Airbus’ cabin innovation and design, Airspace will offer a sophisticated, flexible canvas as a back-drop to enhance the airlines’ own brands.

Pegasus completes $500m aircraft deal with Boeing

Pegasus completes $500m aircraft deal with Boeing

Boeing and Turkey's leading low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines, have finalised an order for five Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, valued at approximately $505 million based on expected list prices at delivery. Pegasus Airlines and its subsidiaries, Air Manas and Izair, operate a fleet of 58 737-800s and a total of 69 aircraft.

Vueling Airlines to add Manchester-Tenerife flights

Vueling Airlines to add Manchester-Tenerife flights

Vueling Airlines is set for further expansion from Manchester Airport this summer adding a new route to Tenerife. The Spanish low cost airline will operate one flight a week to the Canary Island during July and August and two flights a week in September and October.

Passengers freed as EgyptAir hijacker surrenders to police

Passengers freed as EgyptAir hijacker surrenders to police

The hijacking of an EgyptAir flight forced to land at Larnaca airport in Cyprus has ended peacefully with all hostages released and the hijacker surrendering. A number of passengers and crew had earlier been freed from a hijacked plane has sat on the runway at the airport.

Qatar Airways in sports focus

Qatar Airways in sports focus

Qatar Airways has signed a three-year sponsorship of Team Qatar Airways and Official Airline Sponsor to the Beach Polo Cup Dubai, commencing 2016 through to 2018.

Malaysia Airlines unveils A330 business class seats

Malaysia Airlines unveils A330 business class seats

Malaysia Airlines has unveiled its first A330-300 aircraft fitted with the new Business Class seats at its engineering complex in Sepang. The Business Class seat pitch, which measures at 44 inches with a width of 20 inches and length of 76 inches (fully flat), is one of the best received business class seats in the industry.

Etihad to expand services to Istanbul, Turkey

Etihad to expand services to Istanbul, Turkey

Etihad Airways will expand its services to Istanbul during 2016 with a new four times weekly service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The service will commence on July 1st 2016 and be served by an Airbus A320-200, with 16 seats in business and 120 in economy. The route will provide more travel options for guests travelling between the UAE and Istanbul as well as access to over thirty two-way connected markets and over 240 weekly connections around the world over the Abu Dhabi hub.

British Airways flies into Cape Town, South Africa

British Airways flies into Cape Town, South Africa

British Airways’ newest route from Gatwick means you’ll be able to leave it all behind for Cape Town and enjoy an adventurous break in the spectacular South African city. From November 24th the airline’s customers will be able to soak up Table Mountain’s stunning views, explore the Cape Peninsular or meander up the beautiful Garden Route with three direct flights a week from Gatwick.

Plane parts almost certainly from missing Malaysia Airlines MH370

Plane parts almost certainly from missing Malaysia Airlines MH370

Two plane parts recovered from Mozambique are almost certainly from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. That is the view of the transport ministers of Australia and Malaysia, following analysis in Australia. The two pieces of debris were found separately by members of the public.

Airbus to establish pilot training centre in Delhi, India

Airbus to establish pilot training centre in Delhi, India

Airbus is establishing a world-class pilot and maintenance training centre in the National Capital Region of Delhi, to support the county’s need for new Airbus pilots. According to Airbus’ latest global market forecast, India requires over 1,600 passenger and freighter aircraft in the next 20 years to 2034, with an accompanying demand for new pilots and maintenance engineers.

Slight increase in profits at Virgin Atlantic in 2015

Slight increase in profits at Virgin Atlantic in 2015

Virgin Atlantic has reported a profit before tax and exceptional items of £22.5 million for the year to December 31st. This represents an improvement of £10.1 million on the previous year’s result when adjusted for IFRS reporting and is driven by growth at both Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays. Virgin Holidays performed strongly and made a substantial contribution to this result, with a profit before tax and exceptional items of £10.9 million, (a £5 million year on year improvement which accounts for almost half of the overall profit figure.)

Norwegian commits to Gatwick expansion with Dreamliner fleet

Norwegian commits to Gatwick expansion with Dreamliner fleet

Norwegian – currently Gatwick’s third largest airline – has announced ambitious plans to locate 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to serve global long haul destinations at an expanded Gatwick. A further 100 Norwegian short haul aircraft would also be based at Gatwick, bringing the total number of new aircraft to 150.